Here at MP USA, we get asked a lot of questions. One of the most common inquiries is,
“What’s the best age to start training in martial arts?”
Our answer is, of course, any age! Keep reading to learn more.*
*Whatever your age, please remember to consult with your primary care physician before beginning any exercise/fitness program.
Considerations for Kids
In some disciplines, such as karate and taekwondo, children as young as three can begin training. In others, such as the military self-defense system of krav maga, participants have to be at least 16. In our Ogden, UT studio, which is the only Merpati Putih facility in North America, we invite young students to join our classes once they turn six. As we noted in an October 2017 blog post, we find this is a good age because most children have developed the following traits necessary to get the most out of class:
- They can take polite, constructive criticism in stride.
- They will practice reliably at least every other day (with some encouragement from parents).
- They can give 100 percent and pay attention for an entire class period.
- They can listen quietly to a teacher, wait their turn to speak, and exhibit other age-appropriate manners.
- They understand that their behavior affects the well-being of others, and they can express empathy.
- They can tell right from left.
Because martial arts training can help participants develop a balanced, healthy lifestyle, we encourage parents to enroll their children at a young age so they can develop good habits early. At the same time, it’s important to consider their kids’ maturity levels and motor skills development before enrollment. Once the time is right to get started, children will not only experience the physical benefits of MP, but they’ll also enjoy unique opportunities for social and emotional growth as they become leaders among their peers and develop important intrapersonal skills.
All About Adults
If you Google “Am I too old to start taking martial arts,” you’ll find article after article discussing the benefits of martial arts training at any age. At MP USA, adult beginners in our classes often express how their participation has helped them with improved flexibility, fitness, and focus. They also tell us how practicing MP helps them professionally and enhances their relationships.
In fact, AdvanceMartialArtsConnect.com lists five benefits of taking up training later in life. These include self-defense, physical fitness, philosophical/moral development, peer-to-peer competition, and creative expression.
Fun as a Family
Because the best age to start training in martial arts is ANY AGE, practicing MP creates amazing opportunities to connect as a family through our Family Martial Arts Program. Training together as parents and children not only bridges generations and creates rewarding family time, but also brings with it many additional benefits. For example, parents and children can create stronger emotional bonds during their MP training, they can enjoy improved communication, and they can experience the satisfaction of achieving shared goals, all in a safe, fun, nurturing environment. To learn more about how MP can benefit you and your family members of all ages, please call 1-866-666-7872 today!